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#18709 - 12/19/04 01:50 AM to will? or to flow?
Flamenco Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 219
A/S/L: 21/m/Singapore
First problem
-I am right handed but with a dominant left eye.
I read on Susie Minshews website that if this is the case, then I have to look at 3 to 4 boards right of where my target is.

However I find that when I "will" myself to hit certain target/arrow I can do so accurately, however the ball still sometimes inevitably lands left of target.

Is there anything I can do to improve the situation? Or should I just flow with it and target 3-4 boards right?

Second problem
-I get really excited when I bowl any competition trials etc. Not anxious but excited. I get hyperactive and often rush my shots, any mental excercises I can try to calm myself down?

Thanks! smile
gd luck, bowl well and have fun!

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#18711 - 12/19/04 10:02 AM Re: to will? or to flow?
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Registered: 04/21/04
Posts: 1000
A/S/L: Male/Texas
On the eye dominance issue, the answer is to just let it flow. It doesn't matter where you have to look in order to hit your target. Your mind will get used to it, after you throw some shots, and gain a feeling of comfort on the lane.

I too am left eye dominant, and have to get used to looking right of my intended target. But after playing for awhile, my brain makes the adjustment into that comfort zone. Then I just gaze in the direction of my target, and my body knows what to do.

On the relaxation thing.... It is just a matter of your conscious verses your subconscious. You need to tell yourself consciously to calm down, its just a game, it plays in its own time frame don't rush it, etc. etc.. Rushing everything takes the fun out, slow down and smell the roses along the way, or the fun will be gone from the game. You can't perform well if you are not enjoying what your doing.

#18712 - 12/19/04 10:21 AM Re: to will? or to flow?
Squirrel Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 136
A/S/L: 42/male/London, Ontario
I'm right-handed with a dominant left eye also. To be more accurate, my right eye doesn't do a thing. If someone looks at me, they will usually see my right eye pointed off to the right. I only see with the one eye which makes judging distance a bit different.

When I bowl, I have aimed for the arrows and for the pins, and I find I prefer aiming for the pins. I find I can pick a spot to aim for, adjust as needed, and once I get the right spot, I can fairly easily keep getting the same results.

As far as getting excited, I haven't tried any competitions yet, but I just get excited each Monday night knowing I'm getting better each week and I'm in a hurry to see what I get. What I do about it is wipes the ball each time I pick it up to give me a few seconds to relax, and to keep the ball clean. Then when I'm ready to bowl, I hesitate for a few seconds until my heart rate goes down a bit. rotfl
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#18713 - 12/19/04 02:01 PM Re: to will? or to flow?
Flamenco Offline
Action Bowler

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 219
A/S/L: 21/m/Singapore
thanks guys!

btw: my right eye is short-sighted while my left(dominant) is long-sighted...isnt that fun? LOL
gd luck, bowl well and have fun!

#18714 - 12/19/04 04:38 PM Re: to will? or to flow?
JurseyJim Offline
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Registered: 09/30/04
Posts: 8
A/S/L: 49/M/NJ
Larry Mathews wrote about this in his book, "The Pro Approach". I usually have to look two boards to the right of my target in order to hit it. I find that once I move to the inside, I end up looking only 1 board outside my target. I'm still puzzling over that.

#18715 - 12/19/04 07:22 PM Re: to will? or to flow?
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Registered: 11/08/02
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#18716 - 12/19/04 09:16 PM Re: to will? or to flow?
joel Offline
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Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 626
A/S/L: morton grove,il
this is bowling joel.
Today something happened to me to solve your problem. I was bowling first game in my sunday league when my teamate said to me you are spraying
the ball all around your target. Then he asks which
eye is dominat. I said let me check. I did the
triangle on the back of the approach. Closed left I
the pins stayed in the middle. Right eye dominat.
First game 163 before the triangle thing. 2nd game
225 with 5 bagger. 3rd game 199 with 3 bagger. At
delivery point I closed my left eye. Wala 587 and
195.2 average for the day. Use the triangle before
you practice and see what happens.
strokers do it better with help.
bowling joel
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#18717 - 12/20/04 12:04 AM Re: to will? or to flow?
Atochabsh Offline
USBC Bronze Coach

Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 6567
A/S/L: 50/F/California
I'm right handed and left eye dominant too. :-)

But reguardless of this....if you are missing left, you are 1. turning the ball too early 2. chicken winging i.e. bringing your follow through in front of your body 3. holding the ball too much in front of your body. You can move it just a scootch to the right in your stance.

Spraying = not focusing long enough on the approach. Rushing



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